OnPoint Home Inspections of Portland Maine
A thorough professional home inspection report will be sent to you via email within 24 hours of your Home Inspection
Our services include the general home inspection which we do an all around full inspection of the interior and exterior of each home, a water test is optional, but in that we do a full water test, send it off to our water quality treatment facility to get the results in 1-3 days. Our termite inspections are optional. It involves us visually examining the perimeter exterior and interior of each home and look for signs of wood decay from the inside out and dirt mounds trails on the foundation. We document the findings but we are not exterminators. Mold Inspections are optional. We do a perimeter check in the basements and attic spaces where we would find our more common areas for mold infestation. Chimney Inspections are also optional unless specified otherwise. We look from the top down and try to make sure that brick in mortar joints are in good working condition, how is the buildup of soot in the ashtray of the chimney and if the flu’s do not need to be replaced. You cannot see the flu, but you get a general idea of the condition of the chimney. We make sure those toxic gases are flowing out of the house and up the chimney and not backdraft into your home. Light Commercial Inspections are classified as a commercial building with no more than 20,000 sq. ft of space and a minimum of (5) individual dwellings. Drone Services with drone pic stating services will be offered soon.
Septic & Sewer Inspection
We check the pipes running out from the house with an endoscope to determine the condition of the pipe, whether or not tree roots grew into it. That would definitely be a cause for concern. Additionally if there are pumps on the toilet, we would make suggestions to prevent backup.
We like to check along the foundation to make sure of cracks. We also are visually inspecting for water leaks from the outside in which we recommend a professional foundation contractor repairs it. The overall goal is to have a dry basement with no leaks, minimal cracks, proper drainage flow towards the perimeter and lead to a sub pump.
Depending on the pitch of the roof, we will visually inspect the roof from a safe spot to make a determination of the condition of the shingles, any potential leak areas through improper installation of roof components. Making sure skylights are not installed in the path of water travel off the roof.
Exterior building components
We visually inspect the exterior siding components whether it is brick, vinyl or wood. It is important to determine the exterior components are installed properly, because it can lead to water getting behind the walls causing mold and mildew issues.
Porches and decks
This is where we like to really focus on structure because this is a high traffic area of a home in the spring and summer seasons. I like to check and make sure the ledger board is the proper dimension pressure treated board, with flashing from door or sliding glass door over it. The ledger board should have top and bottom lags every two to three feet across the ledger, proper concrete footings for the legs, railings are sturdy no more than 4” apart, joist hangers with nails in all of their openings on the house side, and if it is a two tier deck, joist hangers to the ridge board and from the ridge board to the outer deck frame.
We crawl up through your crawl space to check for any moisture in the interior roof, chimney, properly insulated. Making sure there are no uncapped wires touching insulation, making sure there are vents allowing the excessive heat to escape, making sure the soffits are wide enough for proper breathing.
Inspection of current electrical fixtures (Visual)
We check and see the type of electrical system based on the year the home was built. Make sure all the outlets are not working properly. The older homes are grandfathered. We take a visual look inside the electronic control panel to see if everything is hooked up properly and it is not configured like a spider web.
Inspection of current plumbing fixtures (Visual)
We check the pipes and make sure there are no cracks and leaks, if there is a garbage disposal, there is a proper trap installed, we make sure the plumbing are at a steady decline properly to promote great water flow.
Interior building components
This is a majority part of our general inspection. We check the walls, floor, ceiling for horizontal settling cracks, moisture on materials such as wet drywall; floors are stable and supported properly below.
Built in Appliances
If they are left in the home, we are not required to check them, but as a courtesy we will make sure they are in good working condition.
Heating and air conditioning systems
We determine whether it is baseboard heat, forced hot air and how the home is cooled down whether it has centralized air.
It is very important for all homes to breath properly. If there is not enough transfer of air coming in and out of the home, it may cause more serious issues such as mold & mildew, joists bowing, floors sagging.
Thermal Imaging (coming soon)
This is an optional service, but I recommend this for all homes. You check the walls floors, ceilings, windows and door openings. It can save you thousands of dollars because the amount of heat loss from common areas. It sheds light on areas that may need more insulation or crown molding to retain heat.
Drone/Aerial Photograph (coming soon)
With drone capabilities, we will be performing our roof inspections from the air, which promotes safety on our home inspections. Furthermore, we will be offering aerial photos for businesses who want that pic of their establishment from above or for the developers that would like pictures of some acreage they are interesting in purchasing for the sole purpose of subdividing.
For Real Estate Investors (The Cash Buyers)
I had several years of experience in buying, rehabbing and managing, reselling over 250 single-family assets for a local private equity firm with areal estate arm. So I understand that when you buy with cash, many times the investors will bypass the home inspection. Is $20,000 in additional home improvements worth waving the home inspection for $350? We got burned in the beginning of that process, but we learned quickly. The West Coast properties are a different beast. There is a huge termite problem due to moisture dampening in the boards saturating the wood. If you have ever had to tent a home, it is a costly expense that should be avoided.
Dryer Vent Lint Removal
Price range $90-$160 depending on the severity of the clog. An estimated 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths and 100 injuries.